E3: Microsoft press conference notes

Posted on Wednesday, June 6th 2012 at 12:03 a.m.

Microsoft had a bunch of games to show off at their XBOX press conference.  Below are the notes from the media event.

XBOX 360

Halo 4

  • Master Chief is back, that’s all you need to know.  And it is the start of a new trilogy

Splinter Cell: Blacklist

  • Releases spring 2013
  • Includes spies vs mercs mode, single-player, and co-op

Madden NFL 13 and FIFA 13

  • Will be Kinect compatible
  • FIFA 13 - Substitute players on the fly and change formations with Kinect voice recognition
  • Madden NFL 13 - Audible, hot route, and hike the ball with Kinect voice recognition.  Works on offense and defense
  • Madden NFL 13 will be available on August 28, 2012

Fable: The Journey

  • Kinect game where you are the character shooting fireballs, casting spells, etc.
  • Holiday 2012 is the release date

Gears of War: Judgment

  • Coming 2013

Forza Horizon

  • Releasing on Oct 23, 2012

Bing voice search

  • Find and play movies by name or by genre
  • Voice recognition will work with multiple languages for multiple countries

Multimedia content coming to XBOX

  • Nickelodeon, Paramount Movies, Machinima, and Univision (Spanish)
  • NBA Game Time and NHL Gamecenter are coming to XBOX
  • ESPN on XBOX will have live programming events 24/7 (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPN U)
  • Split screen sports will be available
  • XBOX Music - 30 million music tracks (available on Windows PC, XBOX 360, and Windows tablets and phones)

Nike+ Kinect Training

  • Personal training on Kinect
  • Personal critiques on form and performance
  • Social aspect and track your progress on mobile phone
  • Holiday 2012 release date

Internet Explorer

  • Browse the web on your XBOX 360 and use Kinect voice commands
  • Powered by SmartGlass (control the web with your phone if you want)

Tomb Raider

  • Video showed highly interactive environments (shooting a lantern set the enemy on fire, shooting a log in front of barrels sent them rolling down, etc)
  • Not sure if that is the official name but that’s what they called it…

Ascend: New Gods

  • New game from Signal Studios (makers of Toy Soliders)
  • Coming 2013


  • New game from Twisted Pixel (makers of ‘Splosion Man)
  • Coming 2013


  • Kinect game
  • Coming 2013

Resident Evil 6

  • Leon Kennedy is the main character
  • Game looks to be more action than old school survival horror based on the gameplay demo.  A LOT more action.


  • XBOX Live game that uses Kinect
  • Game looks like Boom Blox but with Kinect
  • You control the ball after you launch it with the slingshot
  • Launches on XBOX Live this summer

South Park: The Stick of Truth

  • South Park game where you are the main character
  • The game is an RPG set in South Park
  • Game makes you feel like you are in an episode of South Park
  • Obsidian is the developer
  • Matt and Trey had to actually map out South Park to make this game, something they didn’t have to do for the show
  • Launches on March 5, 2013

Dance Central 3

  • Features new songs and choreography from artists such as Usher

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2

  • DLC content will be released exclusively on XBOX 360 first
  • Game will be released on November 13, 2012
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